Owen Schmidt

Owen Schmidt shows Denti his new toothbrush, while Lexi and Hector Arsenyega look on.

WILLCOX — A brand-new mobile dental care unit was unveiled Saturday and will begin work for Cochise County youngsters starting in July.

The mobile unit has three dental chairs and entirely brand- new equipment, including a panoramic X-ray machine.

The mobile clinic’s grand opening coincided with the Willcox McDonald’s grand opening. Visitors toured the mobile clinic when it was in the McDonalds parking lot.

“This is actually (paid for) through Southern Chapter Ronald McDonald House in Tucson; we worked with them to get this. We also worked with Legacy Foundation, too, to get some of the equipment we have here. Right now, we have worked with McNeal Elementary School and Elfrieda Elementary School. And we’ve already signed up with contracts with them to start going to those schools at the start of the new year,” said Lori Facio, health center manager for dental for Chiricahua Community Health Center.

“We’re going to be going to our clinics in Benson to set up there because there are a lot of kids that are in need of care . . . and they don’t have a lot of access in Benson to dental care. So we’re going to set up in our offices there with this unit, and we’re also going to be setting up in Bisbee. We are expecting to bring this to Willcox to spread ourselves around a little bit more.”

Facio said the mobile care unit took roughly two years to bring into reality.

She added that children were excited about the dental unit, and the mobile unit was well received by the community.

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